Asbestos-containing materials are a major issue for many Pacific Island countries with a history of use of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) in building construction. All forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans, and inhalation of asbestos fibres that have become airborne can cause serious lung disease.
The purpose of this regional project is to promote understanding of asbestos and its risks; to assist Countries to adopt and implement Legislative/Regulatory ACM Bans; create and support the adoption of an ACM Code of Practices and provide support tools to properly manage and control ACM.
What will this project do?
The project will develop support documents as follows:
Asbestos-Containing Material Ban Policy Note & Drafting Guidance
- An analysis of the current situation, options to implement asbestos and ACM import bans, and the relevance of each option to Pacific Island countries’ regional and individual national contexts.
ACM Management Model Code of Practice
- Developing a code of practice for an asbestos guidance document that provides a practical resource for countries to further reduce exposure to asbestos fibres by addressing identification and awareness, safe storage, transport, handling, and disposal of ACM.
- Compile a set of resources to craft the necessary legislation and/or regulations to ban the manufacture, use, reuse, import, transport, storage, or sale of all forms of asbestos and ACMs within the Pacific Island countries. This will include the development of Ministerial briefs and drafting guidelines for an asbestos ban that can easily be adapted for use by countries.
- Development of resources addressing asbestos management in the Pacific (looking at legal and non-legal specificities) such as factsheets and booklets for businesses and communities, case studies, and training development
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Asbestos Containing Material Management Resources
PacWastePlus has sent programme country focal points a summary of PacWastePlus asbestos-containing material management resources recently developed that identifies policy and legislative options available for implementing an asbestos-containing material legislative ban in each of the 14 Pacific Island Countries and Timor-Leste. These documents have been developed after a review of...
2022 Asbestos Safety and Management Conference
Participants of the 2022 Asbestos Safety and Management Conference in Australia were informed that a survey conducted across 13 Pacific Island countries estimated that there was 187,891m2 of non-residential asbestos in-situ and an estimated 78 percent was confirmed as a high or moderate risk to human health. The PacWastePlus programme...
Clean Pacific Roundtable Zeroes In On Addressing Asbestos Containing Materials
17 November 2021, Apia: Learning from the experiences of others when it comes to addressing the import and use of asbestos containing materials (ACM) in Pacific Island Countries was the focus of a session during the Third Clean Pacific Roundtable. Held virtually, the session aimed to help countries understand the...
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Recommended Procedures: Disposal and Landfilling of Asbestos Containing Wastes
This Recommended Procedures for the Disposal and Landfilling of Asbestos Containing Wastes is designed to provide accessible, practical advice to a broad range of parties who have a responsibility or duty of care in regard of exposure to asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM).
Model Asbestos Management Code of Practice
This Model Asbestos Management Code of Practice is designed to provide accessible, practical advice to a broad range of parties who have a responsibility or duty of care in regard to exposure to asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM). This includes those with responsibility for or involvement in legislation, worker health and safety, and any Work Involving Asbestos.
Model Asbestos Management Policy
This Model Asbestos Management Policy was developed to assist governments across the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste to formulate asbestos policies and promote a consistent approach to asbestos management and is designed for governments to adopt an existing asbestos management policy or develop a new one.